The different scare campaigns adopted by the LNP over the decades are comical to think of in the present age of global power distribution, firstly they used the Soviet Union and Russia in particular which they described as ‘reds under the beds’, then later still trying to link the ALP with communism they used China as ‘the yellow peril’ however in the 21st century Australia is trading with both identities with China being our second largest trading partner because of the pioneering work done by the late Rt Hon Gough Whitlam QC.
With the advent of factional power being held by the extreme right wing faction of the LNP they have again opted for what I believe will ultimately be a failed model of their scare campaign, this time focusing on terrorism. Any moves made by terrorists to play havoc with Australia has been met with a stoic response by battle hardened Australians. We are a nation who has fought for our rights since our convict days and won’t be frightened into the last century response of clinging to conservative governments, we have seen through this plot, we are aware that Australia has hundreds of thousands of Muslims now, and as yet we have only seen one person go astray.
The next election will be fought on other issues such as government compassion and empathy for the poor, lack of performance at the helm of economic levers with rising unemployment, record low trade deficits and a sluggish economy that does not need more austerity measures, but a new approach to economic management to replace this dull and dire ultra conservative approach being dished out to us at present.